1900 - Trooper Duff, of the New South Wales Bushmen, was killed during the battle of Elands River.
....MILLIE, Monday. - On Saturday night Troopers James Daniel Duff and Edward John Duff of the Bushmen's Contingent were banqueted. Mr. Albert Eckford presided. Mr. G. Dale presented the troopers with handsome gold medals suitably inscribed, and a purse of sovereigns each. Both lads, who are natives of Millie, are very popular. On Sunday, when they were leaving, the patriotism of the gathering knew no bounds. The Daily Telegraph [Sydney], Tuesday 20th February 1900
....Trooper James Daniel Duff, of the First Bushmen's Contingent, killed at Elands River battle on August 4, was 24 years of age, a fine specimen of a man, very popular in Millie district, and considered to be one of the most accomplished horsemen in the contingent. Before deceased left, he and his brother, who is also a member of the contingent, were tendered a banquet by the residents, at which they were presented with a gold medal and purse of sovereigns. Deceased's father, Mr. Jas. Duff, is a resident of the Millie district of forty years' standing. Australian Town and Country Journal, Saturday 1st September 1900
The latter report accompanied a photograph of Trooper Duff, which unfortunately is unreproducible. Maybe a clearer photo of him exists elsewhere?
"34 Tpr. James Daniel Duff, A sqn., NSW Citizen's Bushmen" was one of two men killed in action at Eland's River by a Pom Pom shell on 4/8/00 and buried at Swartruggens cemetery. He was born in 1875 and a leasee, Tingha, NSW. In the Narrabri Catholic church at Narrabri, a memorial font was named for him in 1901.
Regarding the poor quality of the group portrait of A Sqn., NSWCB, unfortunately that type of reproduction is common. Still, we have to deal with what we have. Fortunately, the alh studies site does have two pics; both described as portraying Tpr. James Daniel Duff of NSWCB. However, the apparent mismatch can possibly be resolved in my opinion.
Two Duffs (brothers) served in the NSWCB. James Daniel Duff served with A Sqn and Edward John Duff served with B Sqn. The DofB of James Daniel Duff is shown as 3/10/75 or (possibly 1874) while Edward John Duff served with B Sqn and his DofB was 6/01/78. The occupation of James Daniel Duff was "leasee"; someone who ran a leased property as I understand it. The occupation of Edward John Duff was "drover"; a sheep herder and minder of a large flock of sheep. A common rural occupation at the time. There is a clear four years between them I think the first portrait depicts James Daniel Duff and that the second portrays his younger brother Edward John Duff.